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Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop

  • 1. Intro
    2. Best Kept Secret
    3. Sally Got a One Track Mind
    4. Step to Me
    5. Shut the *!*! Up
    6. What You Heard (*!*!)
    7. I'm Outta Here
    8. Day in the Life, A
    9. Last Car on the 2 Train
    10. Red Light, Green Light
    11. I Went For Mine
    12. Comments From the Big "L" And Showbiz
    13. Check One, Two
    14. What You Seek
    15. Lunchroom Chatter
    16. Confused
    17. Pass Dat S**T
    18. Freestyle (Yo, That's That Sh.)
    19. K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
    20. Stunts, Blunts, And Hip Hop
    21. Wuffman Stressed Out
    22. Feel the Vibe
    23. View From the Underground, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 513 934

  • Credits

    Full performer name: Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics.
    Personnel: Dave Ogrin (horns, programming); Shane "The Doctor" Faber (keyboards, programming); Fat Joe, Whiz One, Gigi from Lincoln Projects, The Kids of Forrest Day Care Center (class of '92), Bonita, LaReese, The Psychos, Michelle Sweeting, Jasmine, Maestro, Mike G.Q., Fat Joe, Brand Nubian.
    Producers include: Diamond, DJ Mark The 45 King, Showbiz, Lakim Shabazz, Jazzy Jay.
    Recorded at Jazzy Jay's Recording Studio, Bronx, New York and Calliope Studios, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Leslie Ann Drye.
    Diamond D had quietly provided some exciting production work and made strides within the rap music industry and community throughout the early '90s, but his name didn't become immediately recognizable until his classic guest appearance rapping on A Tribe Called Quest's "Show Business" ("Take it from Diamond/It's like mountain climbing/When it comes to rhyming/You gotta put your time in"), off their masterful second album, The Low End Theory. Even amid vintage verses by such lauded hip-hop company as Tribe's Q-Tip and Phife and Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar and Sadat X, something about Diamond D's forthright and rock-solid, but totally laid-back, style stood out. Hip-hop heads waiting to hear more from him were rewarded with a veritable wealth of treasures when Stunts, Blunts & Hip-Hop, Diamond D's debut album, was released the following year. The album instantly became -- and remains -- something of an underground masterpiece. Stunts is a hugely sprawling, amorphous thing. Nearly 70 minutes would generally seem far too long for a hip-hop album to sustain any degree of good taste, especially one that is mostly song-based and keeps the de rigueur between-song skits to a minimum. There is, in fact, a fair amount of filler here; but even that filler, after several listens, is so ingratiating that the album would seem incomplete without it, and it helps the album to actually be listenable in its entirety, as a single, long, whole statement. Part of the reason even the filler works is because the production -- most of it by Diamond D himself -- is uniformly excellent. The music he comes up with is just as steady as his rhyming. As for his simile-heavy lyrics, they can occasionally seem stilted or awkward, and aren't exactly complex, but Diamond spins a long yarn -- sometimes autobiographical, sometimes fantastical, sometimes a projected scenario -- with the best of them, although he can also delve too often into blanket boasting, and sometimes his words lack any particular direction. It's the everyone-in-the-studio ambience, though, rather than any particular standout aspect, that propels the album. Certain songs do stand out from the overall tapestry of the album: the woeful girl-gone-wrong tale "Sally Got a One Track Mind"; "*!*! What U Heard," with its bouncy bassline; the insistent "Red Light, Green Light"; the Jazzy Jay-produced "I Went for Mine"; the loping "Check One, Two"; the groovy "Freestyle," co-produced by Large Professor; "K.I.S.S.," co-produced by Q-Tip; and the jazz-tinged "Feel the Vibe." But they make far more sense as part of the album's cycle. The most enjoyable way to listen to the album's individual parts is to also listen to the stuff that surrounds it. ~ Stanton Swihart

  • Critic Reviews
    Vibe (p.74) - "Crisp samples sit atop evocative melodies and workman like rhymes juxtapose slippery hooks to power an album rarer no than ever."
    The Source (11/92, p.66) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...a melange of funky beats and rhymes designed to take the listener on an aural journey to the depths of hip-hop....guaranteed to make hip-hop junkies bop like a needle on a peak level meter..."
    (3/93, p.64) - "...On his debut effort, Diamond, like the Leonard Bernstein of rap, conducts a masterful symphony of sampled sounds..."
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